I bought a brand new bear protection pistol about 3 months ago because I absolutely hate my S&W 329PD 44 Mag. That gun is the biggest piece of crap I ever owned. It has less than a thousand rounds thru it and it seems like you have to send it back to S&W everytime you hit the 500 round mark if you shoot mags in it. If you shoot 44 specials in it, I think it would last a lifetime and it's actually fun to shoot with 44 specials.
OK, my new gun (tried and tested by the way) is a Ruger super redhawk in 454 Casull with a 7 1/2 barrel and I am so impressed with this gun for accuracy and comfort in shooting heavey bear loads that I just want to pee myself. My son gave me crap when I bought it with the long barrel cuz he thought it would be too cumbersum to carry in a chest holster compared to a short barreled pistol. I carried that sucker on my chest for 6 weeks steady hunting this fall and the extra weight didn't bother me a bit. The glory part of the extra weight is the fact I trust the gun to work with bear loads and not leave me with a broken gun like the S&W did a few times.
I sited this gun in at the Birchwood Range the 1st week I had it and this thing is as accurate at 100 yards as it is at 25 yards. I'm not a bit sorry for buying this gun now knowing how deadly accurate it is on every shot.
I'm not a bit afraid to go in the woods now, just knowing i have a gun I can count on and didn't break on my last shot, unbeknown to me like that 329 piece of Titanium crap....
OH ya and my son gave me alot of crap about the long barrel and heavier gun for chest holster, but you know what? No matter what gun you carry on your chest, the bulk is the same basically, so my thought is if I kill the bear with this gun at 50 yards instead of the 20 or 25 yards it would take with the 329, I'll take the extra weight for a killer gun.
OK Murphy, carry on dude.....lol